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The Occult Technology of Power: The Initiation of the Son of a Finance Capitalist into the Arcane Secrets of Economic and Political Power Paperback – September 16, 2016
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- Item Weight : 3.04 ounces
- Paperback : 76 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1943687048
- ISBN-13 : 978-1943687046
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 0.18 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Underworld Amusements (September 16, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #87,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It entertains several ideas and notions which I already believed to be true before reading it.
So, yes... in a sense one can say that I liked this book because it appeals to my confirmation bias.
I dont care, LOL
Anyway, I was glad to check the bibliography at the end of the book and see books by Murray Rothbard, Ludwig von Mises, Carrol Quigley, Anthony Sutton, George Orwell, Nietzche and others.
I will gladly pursue reading the remainder bibliography when I have time.
I also liked the several quotes by famous authors at the beginning of each chapter.
This book is somewhat in the same genre as "the protocols of the learned elders of zion" but without blaming it on the jews and without all the religious hatred that this kind of blaming fuels, justifiably or not.
As another reviewer said: if you are a slave or a zombie of the system, you will not enjoy this book and will dismiss it as nonsense paranoia right off the bat without even finishing it (even though it is only 60 pages long).
Such is the power of cognitive dissonance...
I will recommend this book to several of my friends, already knowing beforehand that they will reject it and frame me as a crazy and paranoid nutcase LOL
Actually I get a personal sense of satisfaction when they confirm my expectations regarding their reaction towards books like this and all ideas it contains.
Most of them are of the typical mindset that embraces the "Left vs Right" debate as if this would make them more "politically educated, engaged and enlightened", invariably thinking that they can change the world if they just fight for democracy, freedom, public education and social justice, vote and pay their taxes etc. So sad...
I've given up to try to open their eyes many years ago.
Nowadays I just treat their cognitive dissonance reaction as an amusing spectacle and an exercise in self-discipline that challenges me not to engage into their pathetic arguments and overall worldview.
I just simply sit back and enjoy watching their behavior, their flawed rethoric and misguided sense of reality.
Sometimes I even nod along...
On other instances I just provoke them against eachother when there are conflicting opinions.
It is really that fun to pour gasoline in the fire, then just sit back and relax enjoying the pathetic spectacle...
Many of them have ended friendships of many decades even without my "help".
Social networks do this work marvelously nowadays...
It is sad... but I guess that is part of the price one pays for being a zombie, which is the worst possible kind of slave, in other words, a zombie is a slave that is not even aware of his/her own condition.
I wouldnt be surprised to eventually find out that the "zombie apocalypse" fad appearing everywhere nowadays
from videogames to TV shows is just a way for the elite to mock us and rub it in our faces at the same time.
I have subtracted one star because I'd have been more pleased to see more in-depth details of how such elite operates in the backstages. I'd have liked to see more beans being spilled, ie, real examples of such machinations. It was rather superficial and sometimes vague in that regard.
Also, there are about half a dozen typos, like "he" instead of "be" and "bold" instead of "hold" or vice-versa,
which leads me to believe this was OCR'd from the original edition and then later reviewed by someone that let some typos to slip through. Not a big deal though...
Overall I'd say it was an entertaining book that was not so expensive and didnt take much of my time.
It was a good read to re-ignite my interest in conspiratorial an Machiavellian views of the world.
The nations of the world are either autocracies (monarchy or dictatorship) or oligarchies (formal or informal cabals of military and/or economic elites). All routtinely claim to be "public servants", working for the interests of the entire citizenry. As long as this image is maintained, by a mixture of propaganda and force, the autocracy/oligarchy remains in power. If it fails, the result is revolution and the eventual institution of a new, similar elite. Yes, this is a very harsh, banal, and depressing portrait of humanity; it is unfortunately also coldly realistic. The "science-fiction" of George Orwell's _1984_ has quietly become the contemporary way of life.
_OTP_ was a shocker in 1974 when it methodically and dispassionately instructed a fledgling oligarch concerning his powers and prerogatives. I am frankly curious whether it will retain anything of this shock today, or whether readers will simply nod their heads at its explicit confirmation of their experience. Either way it is a decisive literary confrontation - and, true to Anton's summation, a concise one. The first edition was only 56 pages long, including a zinger of a bibliography. But those 56 pages are all it needs to make its point.
As a Political Science Ph.D. and professor, I've studied and taught the world's greatest altruists and optimists as well as the cynics and skeptics. Personally I am a Platonic idealist, and so _OTP_ is rather the Lovecraftian monster that I earnestly hope won't break through into this dimension. But the rattling of that iron gate in the cellar keeps getting louder ...